Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton (Bloomsbury Publishing)

The Dawn Chorus

Written and Illustrated by
Suzanne Barton

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing

The rich sibilant sounds of blackbirds, the hoo-hooing of loved-up collared doves, the sizzling background chatter of starlings. As spring unfolds (and you can tell it's spring because you're still defrosting the car in the morning, and the temperature is lower than it was in Winter) the birds awaken and make sure that everyone else is awake too!

Suzanne Barton's scintillating debut, "The Dawn Chorus" is the tale of a tiny little bird named Peep who hears the most amazingly beautiful singing. A chorus of birds make the woodlands echo with their fabulous tunes, and Peep is determined to join their numbers.

There is a slight problem though - and it's definitely a problem we share. You see, Peep isn't really a morning person, so when the auditions are held, he turns up just too late to join in!

Determined, Peep practices hard and tries his level best to wake up in time.

But some birds are destined not to be early risers. Peep has a secret though, and as he heads home dejectedly as the evening draws in, Peep suddenly hears a beautiful noise that changes his entire viewpoint!

We'll leave you to discover what that is, and what Peep's secret is too. Suzanne's debut is colourful and wonderful, the perfect book to celebrate the clocks going forward, the buds emerging, blossom adorning the trees and of course lots and lots of birds showing us how to truly enjoy our mornings!

Now if you'll excuse me, I feel the need for a bucket of coffee...

Charlotte's best bit: Peep's secret revealed!

Daddy's Favourite bit: A stunning debut. Suzanne is a talent to keep a firm eye on!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Bloomsbury Publishing)